UNDP assesses new damages after two powerful aftershocks strike Ecuador

May 18, 2016

UNDP is kicking off the second, larger phase, of its recovery programme, training affected communities so they can repair key infrastructure and houses. Photo: UNDP Ecuador

Manta, Ecuador, May 18, 2016 - The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is monitoring the coastal area in Ecuador struck by two aftershocks (magnitude 6.7 and 6.8) today near the place where the worst earthquake to hit the country in decades struck last month killing over 600 of people and affecting the lives of nearly 2 million women, men and children. 

The second aftershock was strongly felt in the capital Quito and several buildings in the, including UNDP’s, had to be evacuated around noon, local time.

UNDP top managers are traveling from Quito to the aftershock-struck areas today to assess damages, especially the previously affected houses. UNDP is working with governmental experts to examine the quality of the remaining buildings, to enable the adequate destruction of unsafe housing and to provide guidance on how to dispose of and recycle rubble, in line with the work done in the aftermath of other massive earthquakes, including in Haiti and in Nepal.

Also, UNDP is kicking off the second, larger phase, of its recovery programme, training affected communities so they can repair key infrastructure and houses. UNDP is placing special emphasis on providing opportunities and access for people with disabilities.

UNDP continues collecting funds through an online and mobile fundraising platform (bit.ly/EcuadorSOS) to support quake-affected communities in Ecuador. Funds will be managed by UNDP, which has been ranked as the most transparent development organization in the world for the second consecutive year.

Donations received will be directed to five main areas: rehabilitation of key infrastructure, debris management, house repairs, short-term employment opportunities for affected communities and promotion of sustainable livelihoods.

Contact Information

In Ecuador:

Maria Jose Lazo, mariajose.lazo@undp.org
Marta Ortega Baldonedo, marta.ortega.baldonedo@undp.org

New York: Carolina Azevedo, Carolina.azevedo@undp.org

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